Tooth wear is not normal. Three causes for tooth wear have been identified:
Acid erosion which appears as grooving or dishing of the biting surface of your teeth. The risk factors for acid erosion are:
- Chronic dry mouth.
- Chronic vomiting or “GERD” (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).
- Diet – sports drinks, soft drinks, candies, citrus fruits.
- Environment – certain acidic work places, swimming pools.
Bite wear which appears as shortening or thinning of your teeth. The risk factors for bite wear are:
- An unbalanced bite – your teeth should contact evenly on both sides.
- Grinding your teeth.
- An overly abrasive diet.
Tooth cleaning abrasion which appears as notching near the gum line of your teeth. The risk factors for tooth cleaning abrasion are:
- Abrasive dental home care aids such as some toothpastes and toothbrushes.
- Using too much pressure on your toothbrush or toothpicks when cleaning your teeth.